One look at China's new "Doughnut Hotel," and it's little surprise that its architect,Beijing-born Ma Yansong, was named, in 2009, one of the most creative people in architecture. The newly opened Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort consists of three buildings, two of which curve to form a 27-story torus that towers over Taihu Lake, west of Shanghai in the Pearl River Delta.
The 321-room architectural stunner also has more nuanced, locally inspired details, such as a 28-ton rough-hewn jade centerpiece in the lobby, as well as white jade, citrine, and cryolite accent materials throughout. In addition to the main buildings, the resort also has a spa, hot springs on property, and a yacht dock for Taihu Lake boaters. Rates for this weekend start at about $400.
Currently in a soft open, Sheraton expects to have an official grand opening in October. Maybe they'll celebrate with doughnuts?